In Matthew 10, Jesus is preparing to send out his followers into ministry. They were preparing for a new season of ministry – a new phase. This orientation falls on the heels of Jesus’ talk with the disciples, in which he shared with them that “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:38). In other words, it’s not the fact that people aren’t ready to follow Jesus, it’s that we need more workers!
Back to chapter 10 – Jesus proceeds to give his followers His anointing for ministry! However, carrying his ministry and anointing came with some very specific instructions.
Over the next few days, I’d like to focus on five things that will cause you to “Lose Your Life To Find It”. I’d like to propose to you that some of the common words we use in church life are good, but still need an upgrade.
Word #1 – Servanthood.
I’m proposing that servanthood is a great quality; we need to serve each other, and serve the vision of our churches. However, it’s possible for people to serve a vision and not really own it as their own.
Matthew 10:40 - “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.”
Jesus commanded his followers to go in His name, and on His authority. He instructed them to conduct themselves in such a way that, when people saw them and received them, they ultimately saw and received Christ. No difference or distinction.
I’m proposing we had STEWARDSHIP to our SERVANTHOOD.
I believe this is part of the mystery of great churches. Strong, healthy churches have shifted from simply serving a vision to owning it. It’s something you can feel when you walk in the front doors. There’s a different atmosphere and climate. The team has shifted to something beyond themselves.
Stewarding the vision does come at a cost. There is very little room for personal distinction, and much more requirement for selflessness and sacrifice. However, the fruit of stewardship is unmatched. When people come together and own something bigger than themselves, it’s as if we carry the very anointing of Jesus and our ministry is more potent and effective, for the glory of God.